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The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt

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The sacred cat of Bubastes has accidentally been slain; now young Chebron must pay for the offense with his own life, as this is the law of the Pagans in Egypt, 1250 BC. Chebron, the son of a high Egyptian priest, flees for his life taking his sister Mysa, one of the household slaves Amuba and several companions with him. They escape through closely guarded Egyptian exits ...more
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published by Preston-Speed Publications (first published 1889)
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Grace Speaking of reading level, I would suggest middle school and up. This book is great for listening as well, so I believe even elementary students could…moreSpeaking of reading level, I would suggest middle school and up. This book is great for listening as well, so I believe even elementary students could enjoy it. (less)
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Brett
May 26, 2011 Brett rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
It kind of killed me slowly.
Amanda
Oct 17, 2013 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: homeschool-lit
HALLELUJAH! I'M DONE WITH THIS BOOK FOREVER! WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS MY DELIGHT!

That is all.
Sarah
G.A. Henty is one of those old authors who you either love or find boring.I happen to love him. While I did find the formatting in this book to be horrible, I loved the story.
The priest was my favorite character.
Jane
Mar 21, 2009 Jane rated it liked it
Well, I enjoyed meeting Moses in this book, and ya just have to love Egypt.
Alicia Willis
Jul 18, 2013 Alicia Willis rated it it was amazing
Can I give this book ten stars? Amazing is the most appropriate word for it!

The intriguing plots will keep you guessing in this fabulous story of war, love, mystery, and victory! Follow the young Rebu prince Amuba from his captured homeland to slavery in Egypt. His life as the servant of the High Priest is full of lovely descriptions of Egyptian culture, exciting adventures, and coupled friendship and romance.

This book was very well-done. It was well-paced, but will still keep you on the edge o
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Alexis
Aug 04, 2009 Alexis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-aloud
These Henty historical novels keep coming up in my life. Most recently they were strongly recommended by a homeschooling mom whose taste in literature I truly trust. Happily this year the Easter Bunny brought us a few Henty novels. So far this book does not disappoint, and has inspired some independent historical research from my oldest son.

This evening we reached the half-way point in the Cat of Bubastes. The critical dramatic plot twist has occurred and now the protagonists must face their des
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Megan Franks
When Egypyians conquer the land of Rebu, the prince and the king's trusted advisor are taken as slaves. Fortunately, Amuba and Jethro are purchased by a kind and respectable man named Ameres, the high priest of Osiris. In Ameres' home, slaves are regarded as family and are not forced to adopt the religion and customs of Egypt. Amuba and Jethro regard Egyptians with respect and awe, for they are a very learned people. In fact, they hope to one day be able to return to their homeland and improve l ...more
dragonnesswarrior
Dec 27, 2007 dragonnesswarrior rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people that like good books
My mom read this book to me and my siblings when I was little and we didn't want her to put this down. We were literaly on the edge of our seats. This book is in around the time of Moses in the Bible, when he lived as a prince of Egypt. The main character is a prince of the Rebu people named Amuba, whose people have been conquered. He and his friend, Jethro are taken captive into Egypt and get taken by a kindly priest who treats them as sons. The sacred cat of Bubastes dies and a new cat has to ...more
Whitney White
Jun 16, 2016 Whitney White rated it it was amazing
My mom read Henty books to my brother and me for our history when we were younger, and this was one of the first we read. I absolutely loved it, even though all the books were written for boys. I found this one interesting from the start, and even though I had read it before, I could not foresee what would happen next.
Rachel
My most *favorite* Henty read! :D This book has everything, excitement, adventure, a godly perspective and storyline (putting aside idols, following God, etc. and some Bible characters are included), and a sweet friendly romance near the end. :) It delights all ages! I love this story - a young man in Egypt who accidentally kills one of the sacred cats which starts himself, a slave boy/former prince and his former slave man, off on an amazing journey for their lives! Along they way they discover ...more
Colleen Baker
This is an historical fiction adventure story, written for young readers in 1888, by British author George Alfred Henty. This is a unique glimpse into Egyptian culture during the time of Moses and the Captivity of Israel. Henty only lightly touches on Biblical history, concentrating more on Egyptian history, yet there is one scriptural theme used as the linch pin for the entire book: the One True God vs. the many gods, or Monotheism vs. idolatry. Though Henty's narrative style takes a little get ...more
Debbie Phillips
Jun 08, 2015 Debbie Phillips rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: homeschoolers - middle school and up
One of the family favorite Henty read-aloud books for school.
Juanita
May 19, 2016 Juanita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review: The Cat of Bubastes by G. A. Henty.

This is a wonderful “Children’s Classic” written over a hundred years ago. There is no copyright date but the author was born in 1832 and died in 1902. I thought it was well written and I loved the characters. I really didn’t know at first that it was a children’s book until I read about the author. The story is written for any age with adventure, coming of age, culture, and people of various races as far back as Moses. The setting is in Egypt and desc
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Lauren
Aug 11, 2015 Lauren rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
"The Cat of Bubastes" is my first GA Henty read. My husband and his brothers loved these books as kids, and after reading this one myself, I would target older children/young adults for recommending this book. Adults are likely to get bogged down in the simplicity of the plot and characters, and distracted by the out-dated style of the book. But as an exposure to historical fiction and wholesome characters, it's a great book.

For me, as an older reader used to more sophisticated writing, the lack
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Lisa
Oct 21, 2013 Lisa rated it it was amazing
We loved this book. It is a great mix of historical information and fictional story. My kids loved it ages 12, 10, and 4 (yes the 4 year old followed most of the story). My daughter wasn't as keen with the description of the process of mummification but the boys loved everything. History, murder, action all in a kids story. It even kept my attention! Now to find more G A Henty!
jOsEpHiNe
Mar 28, 2008 jOsEpHiNe rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fiction/Historical Fiction readers
So far I've only put up books that are very good (because they're at the top of my head). However, this is by far one of the best books I've read in my life.

Historical fiction at its finest. A close multi-generational story of one culture forced to adapt to a another. The event sequences flow very well, cliffhangers, and it exceeds what you'd look for in a good book.
Anna
Jul 07, 2014 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised how much I enjoyed listening to the audiobook version of "The Cat of Bubastes." While it got a bit of a slow start, and I wondered for the first half of the book when the "Cat" was going to come into the story, I found myself learning a lot about ancient Egypt in a pleasant way. I even went searching for maps and histories each evening following the chapter of the day, and Googling illustrations so I could see what things might have looked like.

Henty is called "The boys' historia
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Jehanne
Jul 17, 2016 Jehanne rated it did not like it
What a bunch of racist crap. Written by an old white Imperialist Englishman who was all gung-ho about "Christian soldiers," etc. Hence all the Hebrews are noble, hardworking, and will not be cowed, while the Egyptians are submissive and cannot think for themselves. While he gives Egyptians credit for their buildings and other achievements of their civilization, this is a very biased book and reflects the author's prejudices very clearly. James Henry Breasted's "The Dawn of Conscience" is a much ...more
Dava Stewart
Apr 30, 2016 Dava Stewart rated it liked it
I like to mix old and new stuff, as well as reading across genres. This was written in the 1800s, and is set in ancient Egypt. The idea, I think, was to teach about history through storytelling. It's heavy on the history, but light on character development. It also has a strong moral element, with all the main characters coming around to the belief that there is "one, true God".

Historical fiction set in unusual times and/or places appeals to me. This was interesting as much for the time it was
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Roxanne
Jun 24, 2015 Roxanne rated it it was amazing
We read this as a family read-aloud with a 10 year-old boy and a 16 year-old girl. They both enjoyed listening to it and would frequently request me to read it to them. The main characters in the book and their story line are fictional but the lifestyle and religion of the early Egyptians are well enough described to provide a great historical view. There was plenty of description to create wonderful pictures in our minds while plenty of action and intrigue kept us glued to the story. The copy o ...more
Jami Sikkink
Aug 10, 2016 Jami Sikkink rated it it was amazing
Great adventure along with high morals and wonderful English. The history and culture that one learns while reading the enticing story is perfect for young and old alike.
Marklessgirl
Dec 14, 2014 Marklessgirl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I LOVED this book. It just got better and better as it went on!!!!
Craigandbarbara
Dec 05, 2012 Craigandbarbara rated it really liked it
I have finished reading this to my 14, 12 and 7 year old children.
Kendra Fletcher
Jul 04, 2012 Kendra Fletcher rated it liked it
History Year One
Micaiah
May 22, 2015 Micaiah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was required to read The Cat of Bubastes for school, and, since my sister was interested in reading it too, we read it together.

It took us forever to finish it! Haha!

Anyways, I have to say I found this book a bit monotone and boring. Henty 'told' instead of 'showed'. Some of the conversations and descriptions got rather lengthy, especially since I was reading it out loud. But I liked the plot. The plot had potential: A young Rebu prince and his wise friend are taken prisoners by the Egyptians
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Anna
Feb 22, 2013 Anna rated it really liked it
This is a book that is hard to get into, but once you do you cannot put it down! G.A. Henty is n excellent author, creating the perfect mixture of educational facts and fictional characters.

The Rebu people lose a battle to the Egyptians, and their prince and several others are taken as prisoners back to Egypt. Upon getting there, Prince Amuba and his friend and counselor Jethro are given to the High Priest of Osiris, Ameres. Expecting a life of toil and work, their new owner gives them the exac
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Samantha Shank
Nov 23, 2012 Samantha Shank rated it really liked it
The beginning of this book tells how G.A. Henty's writing journey began, telling his kids stories. And that is exactly what it is, and a very good one at that.
This would be more than perfect for a read aloud for grades 5+. There is no sexual content, no profanity, no drugs, and minimal violence that is no big deal compared to what kids are exposed to nowadays. It also has a happy ending, but not in a cheesy way.
This book is not inspiring, but a simple story of how the death of a king and a cat b
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Mahmoud Hussain
رحلة العائلة من بلاد المصريين الي بلاد الريباس
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منذ أكثر من 3000 سنه هاجم جيش المصريين الريباس (جنوب غرب بحر قزوين), وقد أنتصر عليهم المصريين بقيادة تحتمس الثالث
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اخذ المصريين من الريباس عبيدا منهم ابن ملك الريباس (أموبا) و حيثيرو راعي أموبا و حاميه
أصبح من حسن حظ أموبا و حيثيرو انهم اصبحوا عبيدا عند الكاهن الاكبر
كان الكاهن الاكبر مؤمنا بأ
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Becca brown
May 12, 2011 Becca brown rated it liked it
Amuba, the prince of a small nation known among its own people as Rebu unexpectedly finds himself a servant in an Egyptian priest’s home. He makes friends with the man’s son whose name is Chebron. But when Chebron accidently kills the sacred cat of Bubastes, both their lives are in danger. The cat’s death is a terrible loss to the people and the penalty for such a crime is death. After this point in the book things start moving quicker as these 3 young men (Amuba’s friend and protector Jethro jo ...more
Purity
Mar 29, 2014 Purity rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teenagers, Adults
Some parts in this book were difficult to read through, particularly the battles scenes (G.A. Henty was very detailed in the movements on the battlefield), but other than that this is an excellent book! I thoroughly enjoyed it and wouldn't mind owning of copy of it myself. Set in Egypt this book will prove to be particularly fascinating for the Egyptian lover as well as anyone who is interested in learning more about this culture.
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George Alfred Henty, better known as G.A. Henty, began his storytelling career with his own children. After dinner, he would spend and hour or two in telling them a story that would continue the next day. Some stories took weeks! A friend was present one day and watched the spell-bound reaction of his children suggesting Henty write down his stories so others could enjoy them. He did. Henty wrote ...more
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